RANEPA hosts lecture on technology parks
On August 26, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) offered a lecture, The Potential and Prospects for the Development of Industrial Parks and Technology parks: A Successful Western and Russian Experience, as part of the Training Teams for Managing Single-Industry Town Development Projects program. Member of RTF Board of Directors at Sophia Antipolis Science Park Dominique Fache and CEO of Innopolis Special Economic Zone Igor Nosov delivered the lecture.
Dominique Fache spoke about how he had helped create one of the most well-known science parks, Sofia-Antipolis, for more than two decades. Fifty years ago, tourism was the only industry developed in Sofia-Antipolis, he said. Thanks to the long-term plan, its careful implementation and the team’s patience, the dream of building a technology park had become reality. To date, Sofia-Antipolis uses an area of 4,800 hectares, shows an annual turnover of about 6 billion euros, offers over 40,000 jobs and houses about 1,500 resident firms and companies (71% working in the IT sector, 15% in education, 10% in biology and precision chemistry, and 4% in energy conservation.
Mr. Nosov shared his experience in developing a technology park in Russia. He talked about the beginning of construction, the current state of Innopolis, its infrastructure, the special economic zone and its immediate development plans.